Status of Same-Sex Relationships Nationwide

Find Your State

Know the laws in your state that protect LBGT people and people living with HIV.

See also: Pending Marriage Equality Cases 


Jurisdictions With Marriage Equality

Jurisdictions That Give the Benefits and Responsibilities of Marriage but With a Label of Inferiority Such as Civil Union or Domestic Partnership

States That Give Some or Many Protections With Statewide Non-Marriage Laws Such as Domestic Partnership, Reciprocal Beneficiary or Other Laws

  • Colorado - Designated Beneficiary Agreements Law
  • Hawaii - Reciprocal Beneficiaries Law
  • Maine - Limited Domestic Partnership Law 
  • Maryland - Limited Domestic Partnership Law
  • Vermont - Reciprocal Beneficiaries Law
  • Wisconsin - Limited Domestic Partnership Law

States That Give Limited Domestic Partnership Benefits to State Employees (Not Including States Listed in Prior Categories That Provide Broader Protections)

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Examples of States That Provide Benefits to Same-Sex Partners of State Employees

Native American Tribes That Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry

  • Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Coquille Tribe
  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
  • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
  • Puyallup Tribe of Washington 
  • Santa Ysabel Tribe
  • Suquamish Tribe

States with Constitutional Amendments Empowering Legislature to Restrict Marriage

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Text of State Laws and Constitutional Amendments Targeting Same-Sex Relationships

States With Constitutional Amendments Restricting Marriage


Additional resource: Read the laws themselves.

Text of State Laws and Constitutional Amendments Targeting Same-Sex Relationships